How does the world’s favorite drug actually work?
Mitchell Moffat and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE explain the brain-boosting effects and the mechanisms of caffeine addiction.
Millions of people around the world start their day on coffee. Many claim to be addicted to the dark brew. That may explain why coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. But how exactly does coffee work? What does it do to our bodies that makes us perk up? Asap Science explains the science of coffee in this new educational video.
Brighten your day with this Anime tribute to Gene Kelly.
Not exactly the mash-up you’d expect, perhaps – but speaking as a long-time cinephile who has also been an advocate for anime for many years, I have to say it warms my heart.
A ghost princess comes upon Gene Kelly’s possessed dancing shoes, and the two get together for a little dance routine. It’s adorable, and if you’re into film history and the concept of geeks from vastly different generations recognizing each other, life-affirming.
That probably makes this sound overly important – but if the Doctor could bring fans together across time periods, I’d like to imagine he’d get them to make this.
The video below is an excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s convention speech on July 17th 1980 at the Republican National Convention. As you watch it, notice how relevant that speech remains today. Just substitute the word “Carter” with “Obama”.
Never before in our history have Americans been called upon to face three grave threats to our very existence, any one of which could destroy us. We face a disintegrating economy, a weakened defense and an energy policy based on the sharing of scarcity.
The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership — in the White House and in Congress — for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities.
My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation.
I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation’s highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.
We need rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government and in private life as well. The United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for leaders — many leaders — on many levels. But, back in 1976, Mr. Carter said, “Trust me.” And a lot of people did. Now, many of those people are out of work. Many have seen their savings eaten away by inflation. Many others on fixed incomes, especially the elderly, have watched helplessly as the cruel tax of inflation wasted away their purchasing power. And, today, a great many who trusted Mr. Carter wonder if we can survive the Carter policies of national defense.
“Trust me” government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what’s best for us. My view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs–in the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.
– America’s defense strength is at its lowest ebb in a generation, while the Soviet Union is vastly outspending us in both strategic and conventional arms.
– Our European allies, looking nervously at the growing menace from the East, turn to us for leadership and fail to find it.
– And, incredibly more than 50 of our fellow Americans have been held captive for over eight months by a dictatorial foreign power that holds us up to ridicule before the world.
Adversaries large and small test our will and seek to confound our resolve, but we are given weakness when we need strength; vacillation when the times demand firmness.
The Carter Administration lives in the world of make-believe. Every day, drawing up a response to that day’s problems, troubles, regardless of what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow.
The rest of us, however, live in the real world. It is here that disasters are overtaking our nation without any real response from Washington.
This is make-believe, self-deceit and — above all — transparent hypocrisy.
Obama joins Larry, Moe, and Curly for a remake of the Three Little Beers.
The stooges are hired to deliver beer, but when they go to deliver beer to a golf course, they get distracted and play a round of golf.
Obama is hired to serve and protect America, but he gets distracted and plays golf.